Category: Becker Informer

Revenue Recognition – Real Life Impacts

Accounting for revenues and the associated direct costs has caused global sweeping changes recently.  While the underlying concepts are not entirely new, the changes are having larger impacts on certain industries and are causing other companies to rethink how they do business. U.S. public...


Treasury Releases Proposed Regs on New GILTI Tax Provisions

In mid-September, the Treasury Department and IRS released proposed regulations on the treatment of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI).  The GILTI rules were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and operate as a worldwide backstop to the territorial-style rules adopted by the tax...


FASB Updates Accounting for Costs of Implementing Cloud-Based Computing Arrangements

ASU 2018-05, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other: Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40) relates to a customer’s accounting for costs incurred in implementing a cloud-based computing arrangement that is considered a service contract versus a software license. Previously issued ASU 2015-05 provided...


Tax Benefits of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Commentary on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) often focuses on the new territorial tax provision that allows U.S. corporations operating abroad to exempt certain foreign-source income from U.S. taxation, but there has long been a provision available to U.S. individuals working abroad to exempt...


Recent Rulings Affecting the Deductibility of Charitable Contributions

Years ago my wife, kids, and I would staff a Salvation Army kettle outside a Target store during the holiday season. In those days if you put money in the pot you got a deduction.  Now it is not as easy. This article explores some of the recent rulings that impact the deductibility of charitable...


New Lease Accounting Standards Released Related to Topic 842

Two new accounting standards impacting the implementation of ASU 2016-02, that created Leases (Topic 842), were recently released.  ASU 2018-11 contains targeted improvements, and ASU 2018-10 contains codification improvements. The codification improvements affect narrow aspects of the lease...


Treasury Issues Guidance on Transition Tax under Section 965

On August 1, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations relating to the Section 965 transition tax created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The TCJA changed the way U.S. companies are taxed on their foreign earnings and the transition tax bridges the gap between the old and new rules....


GAO Issues Revised Yellow Book Standards…Finally!!!

Revised standards issued July 17, 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are designed to provide a framework for high-quality governmental audits, which include audits of government entities and entities receiving government awards. Also known as the “Yellow Book,” the...


The New Limitation on Interest Expense

In April 2018, the Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2018-28, which provides guidance to taxpayers for complying with the new rules under section 163(j) that limit deductions for interest expense. Notice 2018-28 (the Notice) states that the Treasury Department and IRS will be issuing...


New Definition of a Business

ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business revised the definition of a business, which will reduce the number of transactions that are accounted for as “business combinations” versus “asset acquisitions”. The following are two very important...


Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Tax Reform

Did you know the TCJA imposes a GILTI tax, allows a FDII deduction, and has introduced a new BEAT? If you are practicing in the post-tax reform era, you’ve probably heard the new lingo, but may still be trying to understand what it all means. The TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) has introduced the...


Court Ruling Gives Surprise Twist to Meaning of Tax Home

If a new Tax Court ruling is correct, it means that a tax return I recently prepared is not correct. The issue for the taxpayer in this case, and for my client, is whether or not they are allowed to deduct “away from home“ expenses under code section 162 (a)(2). Those expenses must be incurred...


SSARS No. 24 – New Requirements for Compilations and Reviews

The purpose of this new omnibus statement is to amend Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) in various ways, as briefly highlighted below. Adds AR-C section 100, Special Considerations – International Reporting, which addresses when an accountant is engaged to perform a...


Understanding the New BEAT

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added a new provision to the Internal Revenue Code called the “Base Erosion and Anti-abuse Tax” (BEAT). The BEAT acts as a minimum tax and applies to large corporations with at least $500 million in gross receipts. The new tax is effective for taxable years beginning...


Proposed Ethics Interpretation - Knowing Misrepresentations in the Preparation and Presentation of Information

AICPA Members in business may be involved in the preparation and presentation of information for use both internally and externally to an employing organization. This includes financial and non-financial information, such as performance reports, budgets, forecasts, tax returns, and more. Members who...


Closing the Tax Gap after Tax Reform

Administering and enforcing the tax code is no small task. In 2017, the IRS processed 245 million tax returns, collected $3.4 trillion in taxes, and issued refunds to over 120 million households.  So, how will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact the IRS’s tax administrative duties,...


The AICPA Releases Interpretation on Dual-Audit Reporting

The Auditing Standards Board (ASB), who promulgates generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), recently released an interpretation to help any auditor of a “nonissuer” comply with reporting requirements under both AU-C Section 700, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements, and...


Tax Provisions Included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act

On March 23, 2018 President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. The $1.3 trillion spending bill funds the federal government through September 30. This article explores the tax-related provisions included in this new law. Low-income Housing Credit  The low-income...


The Latest Independence Impairment Concern – Hosting Your Client’s Data

The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct “Independence Rule” Section 1.295.143 relates to Hosting Services.  Under this newest rule, a CPA’s independence is impaired when taking responsibility for hosting an attest client’s data or records (whether hard copy or electronic).  This action is...


How Tax Reform Has Impacted Foreign Operations

Most U.S. corporations conduct their foreign business operations through foreign subsidiaries. When a foreign subsidiary is owned more than 50 percent by U.S. shareholders, it’s considered a controlled foreign corporation (CFC). If a U.S. corporation controls a foreign corporation in a low-tax...